Beautiful but deadly! Well, not deadly, but extremely uncomfortable. This saddleback caterpillar, Acharya stimuli, is bristling with stinging hairs. Potent enough to cause nausea in addition to straightforward pain. Thumb for scale. I followed this specimen over several days as it worked on blackberry leaves. I was excited to find this; I have been looking for one for […]
Or, more specifically, the larva of the brown-hooded owlet moth, Cucullia convexipennis, on goldenrod Solidago sp. While the caterpillar is a stunner, the adult moth is rather a wall flower. The shed exoskeleton is immediately behind (above) the caterpillar. The caterpillar’s head is down. Taken on a Nikon D90 with a Micro-Nikkor 60mm AF lens. For a […]
Taken with AF Micro-Nikkor 60mm macro lens.
Weevil species, taken with Micro-Nikkor AF 60mm f/2.8. Related articles Lost Ladybug Project
I have chosen a shot from the archives for this last post of the year. (Today’s One Picture a Day is posted elsewhere illustrating an eBay auction.) This was taken in the summer of 2012. The monarch butterflies were a routine sight that summer. This summer was another story; the monarchs were nowhere. I saw […]
The bark is beginning to shed in large pieces from our local ash trees. Nearly every mature ash tree is dead or dying from the damage of emerald ash borer. The larva live between the bark and the wood, carving tunnels as they feed. The tunnels girdle the tree, cutting of precious circulation. It’s hard […]
More butterflies in the golden light of fall afternoon. Today we have a Cabbage White Butterfly (Pieris rapae) nectaring on a comfrey flower (Symphytum × uplandicum, I presume.) The yellow appears on the underwing. Below is a capture that shows the tops of the wings with their familiar white with prominent black spots. Females have a second dark […]
An Orange Sulphur (Colias eurytheme) nectars on a New England Aster, in the shadows of the late-afternoon autumn sun. Taken with Nikkor 70-300 AF-S ED VR. Cropped.
I predict a good year for stinkbugs. A casual survey revealed several bugs within my field of view on most of the bushes I looked at. Not all of them were brown marmorated stink bugs, the invasive alien that has been sweeping across the U.S. in recent years. However, many of them were. When I […]
There are several very familiar insects that I encounter every year, but I have to look the names up almost every time. I have taken to writing the name on a card to stick to my cubicle wall. I learned the giant leopard moth caterpillar that way. This one may be next. It frequents flowers […]